Northern America

Event: UNECE/FAO Seminar on the State of Forests in the UNECE Region [viewed]

This seminar will be held on World Forest Day as part of Regional Forest Information Week. Organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the seminar is titled "How successful is Sustainable Forest Management in the UNECE Region? State of forests and forest management in the UNECE region in the context of current needs and challenges." Sessions will consider: picture of the present and the past: overview of 20 years of sustainable forest management (SFM), including forest biodiversity; wood resources - status, trends and challenges; and criteria and indicators: how useful are they for SFM assessment?  

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UNFCCC Publishes Annex I Parties' Emission Reduction Targets [viewed]

10 March 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a compilation (FCCC/SB/2011/INF.1) of economy-wide emission reduction targets to be implemented by Parties in Annex I to the Convention.

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UNECE Holds Workshop on Participation in International Forums [viewed]

7 March 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has reported on a two-day workshop, which convened from 23-24 February 2011, on public participation in international forums (PPIF), including at the latest session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC and in the Rio 2012 process.

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Event: Fourth Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention [viewed]

This meeting is the fourth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the UN Economic Commission on Europe (UNECE) Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention). It will seek to provide an opportunity to discuss public participation in international forums, the procedure for accession to the Convention by States from outside the UNECE region, and the role of the Aarhus Convention in promoting sustainable development. The latter is the theme of the high-level segment on 1 July 2011. The meeting is expected to adopt the draft Chisinau Declaration on the role of the Aarhus Convention in promoting sustainable development, as a contribution to the UNCSD process.  

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OECD Report Investigates Role of Policy in Greening Behavior [viewed]

7 March 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a report titled “Greening Household Behaviour: The Role of Public Policy,” that presents the results of a 10,000 household survey carried out in ten countries.

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US, Poland Sign MoU on Energy Cooperation [viewed]

3 March 2011: US Secretary of State Clinton and Poland Foreign Minister Sikorski have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation in Clean and Efficient Energy.

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Event: 33rd Joint FAO/UNECE Working Party on Forest Economics and Statistics [viewed]

The meeting will address possible reform of institutional arrangements under the Timber Committee of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the European Forestry Commission of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Additional topics will include: guidance of work areas, including markets and statistics; forest resources assessment; forest sector outlook studies; social and cultural aspects; policy and cross-sectoral issues; the status of the joint wood energy enquiry; and a roundtable on forest information challenges.  

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Event: Zero Meeting of Possible UNECE/FAO Working Party on Forest Policy and Management [viewed]

Participants at this meeting will consider the possible establishment of a joint Working Party on Forest Policy and Management as a subsidiary body under the Timber Committee of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the European Forestry Commission of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).  

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US, India to Convene Joint Task Force on Hydrofluorocarbons [viewed]

23 February 2011: During a workshop on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) convened by the US and India on 18 February 2011, the two countries agreed to convene a joint task force to examine approaches to reduce the use of climate-damaging HFCs.

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UNEP 2011 Year Book Highlights Increased Emissions in Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

17 February 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the 2011 edition of its Year Book, which includes key environmental indicators, including on carbon dioxide emissions.

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